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Upcoming Fedora 10 release foreshadows RHEL 6

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For Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) administrators, handling software packages, administering policies and managing networks all are going to get easier. At least that's the promise.

Fedora, a Red Hat-sponsored community software development project, will introduce these changes first in Fedora 10, scheduled for release on Oct. 28. After more than a year of testing and user feedback, the improvements will be incorporated in production-ready RHEL 6 which is planned for release in the first quarter of 2010.

For starters, new Fedora 10's PackageKit will add a cross-platform front end that works with all Linux distributions. An improvement over RPM, or Red Hat Package Manager, PackageKit will simplify package management by bundling all components and dependencies required for a software install or change into a single entity. PackageKit also can issue software alerts and/or proceed with automatic update installs.

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Red Hat's CEO discusses the company’s expansion to new platforms and markets, and the challenges around building solid business models for products that can be obtained for free.

Red Hat, which bills itself as the world’s leading open-source solutions provider, has managed to make free software pay by gathering, extending and packaging Linux and complementary open-source components into certified and supported products that are ready for enterprise consumption.

As the focus of IT attention shifts to new platforms, including virtualized environments, Red Hat has turned to an IT industry newcomer, former Delta Airlines Chief Operating Officer Jim Whitehurst, to guide the open-source leader.

eWEEK Labs Executive Editor Jason Brooks recently spoke with Whitehurst, now president and CEO of Red Hat, to discuss the company’s expansion to new platforms and markets, and the challenges around building solid business models for products that can be obtained for free.

Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst: The Challenges of Competing with Free


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